Pascale Petit - Author

About the Author

Pascale Petit trained at the Royal College of Art and spent the first part of her life as an artist, before deciding to concentrate on poetry. Since then she has published five collections, two of which were shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and featured as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement and the Independent.

In 2004 the Poetry Book Society selected her as one of the Next Generation Poets. She teaches poetry writing courses for a number of organisations, including Tate Modern. Petit has read her work at many festivals around the world and travelled to Mexico several times to research Kahlo’s life.

Featured books by Pascale Petit

Fauverie

Fauverie

Author: Pascale Petit Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/09/2014

Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. The Fauverie of this book is the big-cat house in the Jardin des Plantes zoo. But the word also evokes the Fauves, 'primitive' painters who used raw colour straight from the tube. Like The Zoo Father, Petit's acclaimed second collection, this volume has childhood trauma and a dying father at its heart, while Paris takes centre stage - a city savage as the Amazon, haunted by Aramis the black jaguar and a menagerie of wild animals. Transforming childhood horrors to ultimately mourn a lost parent, Fauverie redeems the darker forces of human nature while celebrating the ferocity and grace of endangered species.

Other books by Pascale Petit

Mama Amazonica

Mama Amazonica

Author: Pascale Petit Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/08/2017

Mama Amazonica is set in a psychiatric ward and in the Amazon rainforest, an asylum for animals on the brink of extinction. It reveals the story of Pascale Petit's mentally ill mother and the consequences of abuse. The mother transforms into a giant Victoria amazonica waterlily, and a bestiary of untameable creatures - a jaguar girl, a wolverine, a hummingbird - as she marries her rapist and gives birth to his children. From heartbreaking trauma, there emerge luxuriant and tender portraits of a woman battling for survival, in poems that echo the plight of others under duress, and of our companion species. Petit does not flinch from the violence but offers hope by celebrating the beauty of the wild, whether in the mind or the natural world. Mama Amazonica is Pascale Petit's seventh collection, and her first from Bloodaxe. It is the Poetry Book Society Choice for autumn 2017. Four of Pascale Petit's previous six collections have been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Fauverie

Fauverie

Author: Pascale Petit Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/09/2014

Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. The Fauverie of this book is the big-cat house in the Jardin des Plantes zoo. But the word also evokes the Fauves, 'primitive' painters who used raw colour straight from the tube. Like The Zoo Father, Petit's acclaimed second collection, this volume has childhood trauma and a dying father at its heart, while Paris takes centre stage - a city savage as the Amazon, haunted by Aramis the black jaguar and a menagerie of wild animals. Transforming childhood horrors to ultimately mourn a lost parent, Fauverie redeems the darker forces of human nature while celebrating the ferocity and grace of endangered species.

The Huntress

The Huntress

Author: Pascale Petit Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/05/2005

The Wounded Deer Fourteen Poems After Frida Kahlo

The Wounded Deer Fourteen Poems After Frida Kahlo

Author: Pascale Petit Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2005

The Zoo Father

The Zoo Father

Author: Pascale Petit Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/09/2001

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